Going for Refuge gives a continuous perspective on life by referring to one’s conduct and understanding of the qualities of the Buddha (wisdom), Dhamma (truth) and Sangha (virtue). The Precepts are for reflection and to define one’s actions as a responsible human being. There is a formal means of requesting Refuge and Precepts from a bhikkhu/bhikkhuni, which is as follows:

After bowing three times, with hands joined in Anjali, press play below and recite the following:

Mayam Bhante/Aye, tisaranena saha panca siilaani yaacaama
Dutiyampi mayam Bhante/Aye, tisaranena saha panca siilaani yaacaama
Tatiyampi mayam Bhante/Aye, tisaranena saha panca siilaani yaacaama
We, Venerable Sir/Madam, request the three Refuges and the Five Precepts.
For the second time, we, Venerable Sir/Madam, request the three Refuges and the Five Precepts.
For the third time, we, Venerable Sir/Madam, request the three Refuges and the Five Precepts.
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammaasambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammaasambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammaasambuddhassa

Buddham saranam gacchaami
Dhammam saranam gacchaami
Sangham saranam gacchaami

Dutiyampi buddham saranam gacchaami
Dutiyampi dhammam saranam gacchaami
Dutiyampi sangham saranam gacchaami

Tatiyampi buddham saranam gacchaami
Tatiyampi dhammam saranam gacchaami
Tatiyampi sangha”m saranam gacchaami

Leader:
Tisaranagamanam nitthitam

Response:
— Ama Bhante/Aye
Homage to the Blessed One, the Noble One, the Perfectly Enlightened One.
Homage to the Blessed One, the Noble One, the Perfectly Enlightened One.
Homage to the Blessed One, the Noble One, the Perfectly Enlightened One.

To the Buddha I go for refuge.
To the Dhamma I go for refuge.
To the Sangha I go for refuge.

For the second time, to the Buddha I go for refuge.
For the second time, to the Dhamma I go for refuge.
For the second time, to the Sangha I go for refuge.

For the third time, to the Buddha I go for refuge.
For the third time, to the Dhamma 1 go for refuge.
For the third time, to the Sangha I go for refuge.

Leader:
This completes the going to the Three Refuges.

Response:
— Yes, Venerable Sir/Madam.

To undertake the precepts, repeat each precept after the leader:

1. Paanaatipaataa veramanii sikkhaapadam samaadiyaami
2. Adinnaadaanaa veramanii sikkhaapadam samaadiyaami
3. Kaamesu micchaacaaraa veramanii sikkhaapadam samaadiyaami
4. Musaavaadaa veramanii sikkhaapadam samaadiyaami
5. Suraamerayamajjapamaadatthaanaa veramanii sikkhaapadam samaadiyaami

Leader:
Imaani pañcasikkhaapadaani
Siilena sugatim yanti
Siilena bhoga-sampadaa
Siilena nibbutm yanti
Tasmaa siilam visodhaye

Response:
— Saadhu, saadhu, saadhu
-(bow three times)-
1. I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.
2. I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.
3. I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.
4. I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.
5. I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating liquors and drugs which lead to carelessness.


Leader:

These Five Precepts
Have morality as a vehicle for happiness,
Have morality as a vehicle for good fortune,
Have morality as a vehicle for liberation.
Let morality therefore be purified.

Response:
— Well said, well said, well said!
-(bow three times)-

Once you have taken the Five Precepts, if you like, (and you’re a community member) you may get Sangha acknowledgement online here. Please note that as this is a moderated forum. The Sangha do not have regular internet access, and you may not receive an acknowledgement immediately.